Looking for a good plant ID book for your Bioregion? Or a reputable guide to Foraging in your area? Check out our recent blog post: The Best Regional Books for Plant Identification and Foraging Wild Foods and Herbs. 🌿💚🌿
If you’ve ever felt frustrated trying to choose a reliable field guide to take foraging with you, you’re not alone. There are heaps of books on the subject, and the selection can be dizzying. It’s truly important—you might even say a matter of life and death—to make solid choices in this department. To give you a hand, we cozied up in the Chestnut library and got studious, reviewing all the regional wild food and medicine books we could get our hands on, and checking each one for botanical accuracy and attention to detail. The best are queued up here, and there’s a little something for everyone, from bright-eyed beginners to seasoned foragers and plant enthusiasts.
The books we feature are fairly specific; they dial in on bioregions throughout North America and are tailored to help you safely identify plants and forage wild food and medicine right where you live. (Link in profile or google Blog Castanea). .
(I had to bring this one back after finding it two years ago, dirtiest #fingertipfungi ! And most delicate I might add 👌🏼)
Little | We have just added a few new mini baskets online, including our popular naturals for the small folk in your life 🌾
📷 Gorgeous @miss_penny_lane + co captured by @loveherwildphotography for @childrenofthetribe x
Behold! You will soon become "fish" tacos. Vegan fish tacos, but tacos nonetheless.
Harvesting some of the wild edible weeds growing in my garden... wood sorrel, gotu kola, sour dock and scurvy weed (aka native wandering jew), not to be confused with the introduced wandering jew which isn’t edible and is toxic. The non edible one has white flowers and the edible native one has blue flowers 🌱
Studio visit with one of our regular contributors Shaye at @onmyhand to see what she is up to - 'My favourite season is Winter, it gives me the chance to style weddings with darker flowers, lots of textures and candlelight evokes a romantic mood.' Imagery by @coraleestone
Join us this Sunday night for this one of a kind 12 Course A5 Japanese Wagyu and Sushi with @anthonypascale of @saikosushi and Sake pairings by Evan Bennett!! 🍣 🍶🔪 for tickets www.chefstevebrown.com/cosecha or call 619-737-5470
Who's down for 12 courses of A5 Satsuma Wagyu and Sushi with 12 Sake pairings this Sunday!! We are so pumped to be collaborating with @anthonypascale of @saikosushi for tickets 👉🏽 www.chefstevebrown.com/cosecha
Oyster Mushroom jackpot.
Fun fact about mushrooms, they are aromatase inhibitors, which means they inhibit the conversion of androgens like testosterone into stress sex hormone estrogen. Elevated estrogen levels (estrogen dominance) is at the root of most disease, cancer included. In cancerous and diabetic cells, glucose is poorly metabolized and converted into fatty acids to be utilized - both elevating blood glucose levels and free fatty acids. Also, because cancerous cells poorly metabolize glucose, lactic acid is produced in the process instead of carbon dioxide (the normal byproduct of healthy metabolic function). This in result causes an acidic condition in the blood. It is not sugar that causes or feeds cancer, it is a poor and inefficient metabolism that produces excess free fatty acids and lactic acid.
Where do mushrooms into play? Estrogen is known to inhibit the cells from up taking thyroid hormone, which is crucial for proper mitochondrial respiration. In other words, estrogen disrupts healthy metabolic function on a cellular level. So, as aromatase inhibitor, most mushrooms keep estrogen levels low, and prometabolic hormones like t3 and t4 in optimal ranges, promoting healthy metabolic function.
Best of all, most mushrooms are incredibly delicious! Just be sure to cook your mushrooms and if you’re foraging, know what you’re picking!
#tbt to our warming balm #potion making workshop last week. Now it’s snowing, it’s really come in handy. Based on a recipe from legendary #herbalist#ChristopherHedley , this beaut contains ginger, chilli, rosemary, juniper, and #foraged#comfrey . Warms up and moisturised the hands, feet and great for relaxing stiff or overused muscles. Recipe in book or a make a basic infused oil/balm remedy with the herbs to infuse the oils. Those lumps are cocoa butter which helps it set. We used 50:50 cocoa to olive oil. K x
Check out this gorgeous pic of a Pseudohydnum gelatinosum by @fungifinderpdx
This is one of my favorite mushrooms to find, it's almost transparent and it feels like gelatine. It's so amazing the diversity of forms that fungi can take!
Toothed jelly fungus (Pseudohydnum gelatinosum) detail. This is only the second time I’ve ever seen one, and the first time since I got my macro lens. I was over the moon to find such a perfect specimen!
Give the gift of delish! Our Bee Harmony Honey local and regional varieties capture the essence of diverse forage lands — from the Pacific Northwest to the Sunshine State. So whether you're wrapping them up or featuring them in your holiday spread, you'll be sharing unique flavor experiences this season. 🌼🍯🐝⭐️
Coughs and colds call for mullein or boneset tea. Have you tried them?
SHOP NEWS// This Friday will be the last update before the holidays (resuming again 1.5.18) I’ll be off baking cookies and knitting fireside with the kids while they are out of school 🖤Also, All the club spots filled over the weekend (😃!!) and so I opened up another few just in case anyone else wants in! Winter clubs will close this evening. Thanks as always! This is all the #forage 🖤
"Making foraged syrups lets you enjoy the peak flavor of these wild ingredients all year long." Find out more about foraging for syrups, and try @ellenzachos' recipes for Shagbark Hickory Syrup, Carob Syrup, and Wild Ginger Syrup in the link in our bio. •
How I have started every day the past two weeks. I'm no longer 'traveling' in these moments. This winter I am settling into the stillness. I will watch the plants grow, stay sheltered as the storms come and pass, praise the sun as it shines, flow with the moon as she cycles. I will plant seeds, set intentions, and ask for guidance.
This juice was grapefruit, ginger, turmeric. All the citrus I'm eating I pick myself. Huge grapefruit tree right outside the place I am living. Local turmeric as well. I have never been the biggest fan of grapefruit, but we had our first (very short) freeze Saturday night, and the grapefruits have become much sweeter and are nice and chilled when I pick them in the morning. Absolutely delicious. Juiced shortly after picking with all that vital life energy still flowing. Morning juice in my experience helps to reset and move the digestive system, loosen and energize the body, satiate morning thirst and hunger, fuel the body for any activity be it active or restful. So much love to you all. Free juice to anyone that comes to visit 😜
I've been trying out festive recipes using foraged ingredients. 🍀🌰🎄🎋⛄Some were successful, some less so...the medlar cheese has scarred me for life! You can read all about my successes and failures in my latest blog article and access the recipes too 😊Pictured here: spicy crab apple chutney 🍎🍏🌶